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Associations As Workplaces: Flexibility Can Lead To Results

   8.18.14|

We’ve discussed the role of the association as a workplace on this blog in the past. Considering some associations employ up to hundreds, if not thousands, we think remembering the association’s role and responsibilities not only to its members but to the hardworking teams behind the scenes is paramount. We’ve discussed the need for a …

This Year Add Online Fundraising To Your End-of-Year Campaign

   7.30.14|

Now that we are already a month into the second half of 2014, many nonprofits are firing up their fundraising engines to begin the sprint towards a big end-of-year campaign. With many organizations raising anywhere from 40 to 70 percent of their total annual donations at the end of the year, the time is right …

New Association Represents Reality TV

   7.11.14|

While there are numerous trade groups and associations with long histories in the entertainment business, most notably the Motion Picture Association of America, until recently no group has represented the interests of producers and crew working in the country’s bustling reality television industry. With new reality shows launching practically every week, unscripted television is big …

Nonprofit Workplace Culture: Providing a Healthy Workplace

   7.3.14|

We’ve talked before about the association and nonprofit organization as an employer and workplace, and steps you can take to promote a great workplace culture to attract and retain top quality employees. Now that the economy is doing better – the Dow just broke 17,000 for the first time and there were 288,000 new jobs created …

Current Events – Associations Making Headlines This Month

   6.27.14|

Whether it’s the continued fight over GMO labeling or the federal minimum wage debate, associations and nonprofits can wield major influence with lawmakers and the general public. On those two highly contentious issues alone, major associations have recently filed lawsuits against state and local governments, fighting for their positions in the wake of new legislation. …

Association Security Continued – What You Need to Know About Audits

   5.19.14|

In our previous post regarding associations, embezzlement and fraud, we covered the steps your organization needs to take to prevent theft from within. In the wake of several high profile stories of association employees walking away with thousands (even millions) of dollars, as reported in a recent Washington Post story on fraud in the nonprofit …

Association Advocacy Starts with CRM – Part 2

   5.15.14|

In part one of this post on using CRM to improve your association’s advocacy results, we recommended using a high quality CRM system to track your members’ preferences for communication, interests, influential relationships, and other valuable information. We recommend using this information to properly target your advocacy communications and achieve higher-level results. In this post, …

Embezzlement and Fraud – How Secure is Your Association?

   5.12.14|

It seems there’s a new story about it every day: hackers breaching the security systems of multi-million (or billion) dollar corporations and making off with credit card numbers, social security information, and other private data about customers. The Heart Bleed virus has everyone on edge, frantically changing passwords to prevent identity theft and worse. While …

Association Advocacy Starts with CRM – Part 1

   5.8.14|

Most large associations participate in the political process in some way. Whether it is through direct lobbying, financial support of candidates or political action committees (PACs), or even candidate endorsements, associations with a political agenda can find a way to influence the process. Even associations that wouldn’t appear to most as overtly political often find …

Your Digital Association

   4.24.14|

If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you know we place a lot of value on the power of digital communications and new media. As a platform for engaging with your members, donors, volunteers and other stakeholders, social media is often one of the best approaches for ensuring your message resonates. …